The new Ford Mustang fastback and convertible models promise exceptional performance and refinement while embracing the Mustang’s half-century of heritage and status as a global icon.
“The Mustang inspires passion like no other car,” says Raj Nair, Ford Group vice-president, global product development. “The visceral look, sound and performance of Mustang resonate with people, even if they’ve never driven one.
Mustang is definitely more than just a car - it is the heart and soul of Ford.”
“The Mustang’s formidable reputation for performance and its iconic status as a symbol of freedom and optimism precedes it, even in those parts of the world where the car has never been sold,” said Stephen Odell, Ford executive vice president, Europe, Middle East and Africa. “The new Mustang epitomises Ford’s aggressive product acceleration; technologically advanced and forward-looking, but without forgetting the heritage that has inspired Ford customers for generations.”
The new Mustang has been developed with impressive performance, driving dynamics and usability in mind and includes a significant amount of advanced driver convenience and driver-aid technologies.
While we’re unsure of what the power outputs will be at this stage, we’re just happy that the Mustang nameplate will soon grace our roads. And the styling isn’t too bad either, with its clean-sheet design of both Ford Mustang fastback and convertible that evokes the essential character of the vehicle, retaining key design elements of the classic Mustangs recognisable to car fans across the globe, including the long, sculpted hood and short rear deck with a contemporary execution.
Ford Mustang convertible drivers will appreciate the standard multilayer insulated cloth top that gives the car an upscale appearance and quiet cabin. The top has a sleek profile when folded for open-air motoring.
Large, clear instrumentation puts vehicle information right in front of the driver in the roomy cabin with an aviation-inspired cockpit, while ergonomic and tactile switches and knobs provide control. The vehicle’s width and new rear suspension contribute to improved shoulder and hip room for passengers and usefully shaped boot space that can accommodate two golf bags.
The new Ford Mustang features all-new front and rear suspension systems. At the front, a new perimeter subframe helps stiffen the front structure while reducing mass, providing a strong foundation for more predictable wheel control that benefits handling, steering and ride.
At the rear is an all-new integral-link independent rear suspension. The geometry, springs, dampers and bushings all have been specifically modified and tuned for this high-performance application and are well suited to high-speed driving. New aluminium rear knuckles help reduce unsprung mass for improved ride and handling.
The new Mustang features a significant number of innovative technologies, providing drivers with enhanced information, control and connectivity when they want it.
The advanced, Ford-developed stability control is tuned to maximise the new Mustang’s dynamic capabilities, with features like torque vectoring that directs engine power to individual wheels to keep the car on course. When the time comes to turn up the wick at the track, manual transmission variants of the Mustang GT include standard launch control that enables drivers to achieve smooth, consistent starts every time.
Advanced driver-assist features include standard Ford SYNC with voice control and touch screen that lets drivers control their entertainment.
Models destined for South African shores have yet to be confirmed.